When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices. This is one of many lessons we will be sharing on teaching Judaic content, lesson planning, models of teaching, differentiated and individualized instruction and learning activities designed to transform the classroom into a Jewish community of cooperative learners. The title of this lesson is “How do you Write a Lesson Plan using the Five-Step Backward Design Process?” Since there are 13 elements in each lesson plan we will divide this lesson plan into five parts. Here is the first part of this lesson. The second part of the lesson follows.
Anticipatory Set: (Motivation activity that prepares students for the learning outcome)
Suggested Motivational Statement:
The teacher says, ”Now that we have discussed the eight elements of a lesson plan and the five steps of Backward Design, let’s apply those ideas and write, and then explain or teach our own team lesson to students in our class.”
Note: Prior to inviting students to create their own team lesson plans, the teacher may want to facilitate a whole class brainstorming activity generating lesson plan ideas. Toward that end, the teacher can share the seven Judaic topic areas including the Tanach, tefilah, history, Hebrew, the hagim, Israel, and other content possibilities (e.g. Jewish cultural contributions in music, art, literature, science, technology, math, social science, etc.)
Introductory Activity: (Initial exercise to focus on the objective/learning outcome)
Distribute these two handouts to your students: (1) Sample Lesson Plan Incorporating Backward Design and (2) Sample Lesson Plan Template Incorporating Backward Design). These handouts are located at the top of this post.
In the next post we will share the third part of this five-part lesson.